Skype Translator Breaks the (real-time) Language Barrier

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No matter what language you use, expressing happiness just got a lot easier to do with Skype Translator.

You can now use any Skype-enabled device to make a free Skype Translator video or voice call with someone who speaks another language — and all you have to do is start talking. Translator is currently available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Mandarin. More languages are coming soon.

What does this mean to you? It means that location and language are no longer barriers to your business. Skype Translator lets you have a Skype call or instant message with someone who speaks another language as it does live-translating of messages and spoken conversation. It is powered by Microsoft Translator, just like Bing, Windows, and Windows Phone.

In short, Skype Translator provides endless possibilities for people around the world to communicate. Here’s how it works:

✔ You can call almost anyone who has Skype.

✔ It will translate your conversation into another language in near real-time.

✔ What someone else says is translated back in your language.

✔ An on-screen transcript of your call is displayed.

✔ And you can already send instant messages across 50 languages – from Arabic to Yucatec Maya.

✔ Preview is available for Windows 8.1

Want to see how it works? Right now the Translator is in a pre-release version that provides an opportunity for people to try the product and provide feedback. Skype Translator uses machine learning, which means that the more it’s used, the smarter it gets.

Skype wants to hear about what platforms are most important to you, which languages you want to use, and how you plan to use Skype Translator. Your feedback will be directly incorporated into the final product.

If you are using Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Technical Preview, you can download Skype Translator in the Windows Store. The person you are calling does not need Skype Translator to receive the call from you, but they do need a desktop version of Skype.

Currently, Skype translation is only supported with one-to-one, Skype-to-Skype calls. And to get the most out of Skype Translator and avoid any confusion, they suggest that you are only signed in to Skype Translator when making a call. Ideally, you should be logged out of all other clients (such as Skype for Windows Desktop, Outlook.com or Skype for Web (Preview)).

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